Wednesday Update

August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


I will admit that I am continuing to work my way back into success on my food plan . At the moment I seem to have about  4 good days followed by 2 bad days.  This is still progress for me considering I was really off track before and now I am mostly on track with the exception of a few days here and there.  It is also pretty good considering the enormous amount of stress I have been under lately.

  • Moving to a new place
  • Still selling house in Texas
  • Savannah starting college
  • Kids starting new school
  • Middle Schooler having a tough time
  • A million and one things trying to settle in and adjust
  • Abnormal Pap Smear Result – Colposcopy coming up

I am not trying to make excuses for myself (although I probably am) but I have to always be careful.

If I allow myself to get too depressed or discouraged after my progress ( or lack of progress)  then I risk going completely off the rails and sending myself into full fledged abandon with food.  If I really make myself feel like too much of a failure after bad days, it is easy to say “Well who cares then!” and just eat whatever I want for however long I want.

On the other hand, I can’t be too relaxed with myself either!  I can’t just let myself slide and get by with bad food days without taking responsibility.  If I’m TOO easy on myself I risk falling into continual bad patterns.  So letting myself off the hook isn’t good either!

You see the tightrope I have to walk with myself??  I literally have to deal with myself like I would a child or perhaps a fragile mental patient!  Not being too easy on myself but not being too hard on myself! I just have to be SUPER careful with how I manage my self-talk and thoughts.  The good news is that I am getting better at it.

I have made an effort lately to surround myself with the right food and ingredients that I need.   This is SUPER important.  If we don’t plan ahead, we end up at McDonald’s.  Here are a few of the things I have been eating lately:


This is one of the primary things I eat.  It is basically my version of a greek salad but I often add Rotisserie chicken.  The best part is fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from Amanda’s garden.



Shrimp!!  I have been eating a lot of shrimp lately.    It is expensive unfortunately but shrimp is one of the best low carb, low cals food out there.  I usually get my shrimp at Sam’s Club.  I throw it in the colander and run it under cold water.  It is ready very quickly.   I will often eat it cold and dip it in my homemade tartar sauce.  I also sometimes throw it in a pan and cook it with some butter and garlic.  All of that fits in the low carb plan I use.



The only two ingredients I use to make tartar sauce.  Very easy!



As for exercise,  I am really trying to go all the way back to the beginning.  And in the beginning I would wake up very early (maybe 5 am) and go walking in the neighborhood.  Many times it was pitch black dark and I’d be out there.  I need to get back to that.  God taught me a lot of things walking in the dark before anyone else was even awake!  So this morning for the first time in awhile, I rolled out of bed at about 5:30 am and went walking.  I walked for about 30 minutes and I had to get back to the house to get my younger kids up, feed them breakfast and walk them to the bus stop.  However, I DID get that morning walk in.  Tomorrow I plan to get up an extra 30 minutes earlier.  It’s not that I can’t work out at another time of the day.  It’s just that there seems to be a lot of power in getting it done first thing in the morning.  And so I’m trying to get back to that!



We finally tried out our fire pit in the backyard the other day.  Amanda and I sat out with the kids and had a blast.  I still look around at the beautiful countryside surrounding me and just can’t believe that I really live here.   It is also great that my kids can get outside and play.  It is encouraging them to have a much more active lifestyle than they had before.







And  my best friend, Amanda, trying to stab me in the back with a pitchfork!  Thanks Amanda!!! LOL





Happy Wednesday!


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Rhonda W August 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm

That is a seriously gorgeous back yard! Keep on keeping on and putting one foot in front of the other. Problems that are overwhelming currently will start resolving themselves with time. You can do it!


Amanda August 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

What a gorgeous view! I’m glad you’re getting back at it. I think exercising outside with that as your backdrop is very motivating. 🙂


Tiffany August 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Finding out what works best after some trial and error can be the best things of all. Good luck the rest of the week with meeting your goals.


Laura August 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm

WOW !!!! I stumbled onto your site today and I am impressed ….. Am in process of losing 100 lbs ….. your story is powerful , praise God you had the courage to tell it and to do something about it ….. Thank you for the inspiration ….. 🙂 Laura


Lori August 20, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I walk that same tightrope with myself. I totally get it.
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John (Daddy Runs a Lot) August 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Oh, the temptation that “I’ve already screwed up, so I’m going to forget it all” is horrible. I fight it, daily. It blows. Also, the temptation to “it’s ok to slide and eat/drink xxx or yyy because zzz is happening or going to happen”. Or “I can eat this because I worked out.”

For a good six months, on my way to work, I was stopping at a convenience store & “allowing” myself a cinnamon bun because I worked out that morning. At first, I was spending over an hour on a spinning bike, and the treat probably put me in a caloric balance. By the end of the 6 months, though, I might have been pedaling for 10-15 minutes, at half effort. Of course, I was wondering why I wasn’t losing weight. Silly how that works.

I’ve been in a pretty good equilibrium lately, with regards to working out – Monday is my rest day, Tuesday/Thursday, I’m out the door by 5am to run (I have a few half marathons & a full marathon on the horizon) and then do burpees over lunch. Wednesday/Friday are my big strength training days (always over lunch). It’s a lot of work, but I’m only sacrificing a few hours of sleep a week & lunch with coworkers (but, honestly, “eating out” is one of the times that I really, REALLY have trouble keeping my food choices under control).

Weekends, well, weekends are a struggle.
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Jae August 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Nodding my head “me too” re: finding the balance in being nice to myself but firm. If I push too hard, like is mentioned, I throw up my hands saying what’s the use. But just writing that scares me. That kind of thinking/attitude is exactly how my old cycle of the lose/gain-it-all back begins for me. I’m highly respectful of those thoughts and get back on track in a day rather than a year.

You live in a wonderful place 🙂 Looks amazing.
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Barb August 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm

LOVE the video. So happy you are testing this out. Feels like we are sitting in kitchen with coffee having a chat.
INCREDIBLY motivational!
Thanks and good luck on your new focus.


Just Fitness Hub August 22, 2014 at 8:06 am

A lot happening with you. Its amazing how you are settling down at the new place. Slowly and steadily you are going to win the race!!!!
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Alison C. August 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

You are doing really great Holly! You are getting back on track – good for you. You mentioned that shrimp is expensive. I agree, but do you know what was really expensive? Buying all the food I once required to binge all day. Sure, food from the dollar menu seems cheap, and candy and snacks are always on sale. But to buy them in the volume that I used to binge on – all those dollars really added up! I have found it less expensive to buy more expensive, healthy food and be able to eat a regular portion than it was for me to binge daily on those sugar and fat filled foods. Keep up the good work!


Ashley Cooley September 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I just found this blog and watched all your videos online! You are such an inspiration! I am in the process of getting the Gastric bypass surgery. I have another month to go for the nutritional classes and exercise class. Then my information will be submitted to the insurance company in Octber/November. I have been praying a lot about this and have been doing a lot of thinking and really trying to get prepared for the surgery and what’s to come after. There is a lot to work on! I feel like God allowed me to find this, to help me and motivate me. Thank you for doing this blog! You have done such a wonderful job and have gotten through so much! I pray to be a success story like you i hope to help as many people as I can!


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